Why does Jhumpa Lahiri end "The Third and Final Continent" by describing the narrator's future?

In the short story "The Third and Final Continent," Jhumpa Lahiri does not describe the narrator's future at the end. Instead, the narrator reminisces about his past travels from India to England and America, and the story ends up in the narrator's present.

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While the narrator of "The Third and Final Continent" tends to muse on pieces of his future, the story does not actually end on thoughts of his future in America. Rather, his thoughts are a mix of his homeland and the other places he has traveled on his path to America. He considers this culmination of all of his experiences and how they have led him to where he is now and where he will be in the future.

The title of the story suggests that it might be important to touch on all three places the narrator has lived, as they are all part of his journey. He pleasantly and proudly ruminates on his achievements, along with thoughts of his son's potential path in the country the narrator has chosen to call his final home.

When we meet the narrator, he has already left India and is working hard in London, England. There, he lives the life of a bachelor, rooming with other single Bengali men while he works and studies. Around the time his marriage to Mala is arranged, he is offered a job in...

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